Press Release

Biographical Note


(Based on information received from the Protocol and Liaison Service.)

The new Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations, Ellen Margrethe Løj, today presented her credentials to Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Ms. Løj was State Secretary of the South Group in Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs when she received her new appointment.  She had held that position since 1996, after serving two terms as Under-Secretary in the same South Group of the Ministry, first for Multilateral and then for Bilateral Affairs.  Prior to those Ministry postings, she served as her country’s Ambassador to Israel from 1989 to 1992. 

Ms. Løj began her diplomatic career with a Foreign Ministry position in 1973.  Between 1977 and 1986, she served as Secretary in her country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations and then as Counsellor within the European Commission in Brussels.  From 1986 to 1989, she was head of Department in the Ministry.

In addition to her appointments, Ms. Løj has been on the supervisory board of Scandlines AG and Scandlines A/S since 1998.  From 1994 to 1996, she was a member of two advisory boards, that of the Industrialization Fund for Developing Countries and that of the Investment Fund for Central and Eastern Europe.

Born on 17 October 1948 in Gedesby, Denmark, Ms. Løj graduated from Copenhagen University in 1973 with a Master’s degree in political science.  She is single and has no children.

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